Cinema: Quick Cuts

FEAR is THE KEY. In the prologue to this foolish thriller, Barry Newman loses his wife, his child and his closest friend. During the first minutes of the film proper, he shoots up some cops and abducts Suzy Kendall, who just happens to be sitting around a Louisiana courtroom, a stroke of luck about as likely as finding Jean Shrimpton whittling in front of some general store. Stealing a convenient Gran Torino, he then sets off over back roads and along the edges of levees, pursuing a band of international heavies while at the same time being pursued by the state...

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